The Memorial Family Medicine Residency program (MFMR) is a rural training track that is independently accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. Our academic sponsor, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Science Center), provides all of our first year rotations, employs our residents, and provides weekly didactic support to the rural campus through a broadband telecommunication line from Tyler to Sulphur Springs.
The MFMR curriculum is unique in several ways. While in Tyler at UT Health Science Center for the first year, residents have access to nearly 1,000 inpatient teaching beds while working at the University Hospital, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, and East Texas Medical Center. Residents move to Sulphur Springs for the second and third years of the program, where they develop a continuity clinic practice within CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic – Sulphur Springs and provide inpatient care in CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs. Although most of our rotations are traditional 4 week blocks in areas of clinical focus, such as cardiology and urology, the rural training track allows residents to learn how to apply telemedicine technologies to incorporate remote subspecialty consultants into the care of our patients in Hopkins County. Telemedicine based patient care and teaching is the foundation for our critical care, endocrinology, psychiatry and pulmonary rotations. Residents evaluate patients and present them to our telemedicine consultants for real time patient care and teaching encounters in these areas of clinical focus.
The MFMR curriculum offers experience in community-needs assessment, quality improvement, patient safety, and hospital and clinic committee participation. Residents are also engaged in the community through participation in high school educational programs and support of the athletics programs.
Our family medicine faculty is experienced clinicians who attend with the residents on our inpatient service. We have an outstanding group of fellowship trained and board certified subspecialists practicing in Sulphur Springs, both in person and via the tele-video links.
The leadership of Sulphur Springs is excited to welcome resident physicians to Hopkins County!
Gaurav Mehta, MD
Christian Ferrer, MD
Moises Plasencia, MD
Texas Tech, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Les Tingle, M.D.
Contributors from Memorial Hospital
Les Tingle, M.D., Program Director
I.L. Balkcom, M.D., Associate Program Director
Sherri Barclay, M.D., Associate Professor
Annette Horne, M.D. Associate Professor
James Gulde, M.D., Associate Professor
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs Teaching Faculty:
Loren Ost, M.D.
Richard Graves, M.D.
Scott McDearmont, M.D.
Darren Arnecke, M.D.
Jai Varma, M.D.
Manuel Cruz, M.D.
Donald Wurzburg, M.D.
Melissa Covington, Program Coordinator
Salary2017 – 2018
- 1st Year – $52,000
- 2nd Year – $53,000
- 3rd Year – $54,000
- Personal leave
- Vacation: 12 days per year (accrue 8 hours per month available after 6 months of employment)
- Floating Holiday: 6 days of Floating Holiday (48 hours total) that can be used however you choose
- Sick leave: 12 days per year (accrue 8 hours per month)
- Holidays: ‘Closed clinic’ holidays provided
- Medical insurance coverage provided for resident, spouse and children
- Dental coverage provided for resident
- Moving allowance of $1,500
- Complimentary access to onsite fitness center
- Reserved resident parking at all hospitals
- Pension/profit sharing plan
- Life insurance
- Disability insurance
- Professional liability insurance
- Accidental death and dismemberment
- Complementary meals while on call at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs
- Personal leave
- Discretionary funds available up to $500 to pay for USMLE Step 3 exam
- Funds available up to $700 toward expenses for Texas Medical License
- Personal IBM Thinkpad laptop computer
- $500 book allowance per year
- Complimentary memberships to:
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Texas Academy of Family Physicians
- Smith County Medical Society
- Texas Medical Association
- Registration paid for ACLS, ATLS and PALS courses
- One program sponsored trip per year to HealthFind/Rural Health Initiatives
- Biomedical library services include Medline and inter-library loan program
- Complimentary lunch with daily noon conference and meals when on-call
- Four personalized lab coats and two personalized sets of scrubs, plus laundering
- Moonlighting is WIDELY available to licensed 2nd and 3rd year residents
- Positions are available at UT Health as well as in many surrounding Northeast Texas towns
- Hourly rates average $65 and up
The RTT (Memorial Family Medicine Residency) is independently accredited by the ACGME and the application through NRMP is a separate application form. Please fill out a separate application for the Family Medicine Rural Track Program at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs.
The following guidelines are used by the Residency Selection Committee to identify applicants to be interviewed and possibly considered for final ranking and/or eligibility for appointment:
- Graduate of an accredited LCME, AOA, or Canadian medical school
- Passed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS
- USMLE transcripts are required: The Residency Selection Committee will not recommend applicants for interview without score transcripts. For international graduates, Parts 1 and 2 of the USMLE transcripts are required with application submission. Part 1 transcript is required with application submission with the understanding that Part 2 transcript is required by the time of match
- Dean’s Letter, plus three letters of recommendation are required (letters from faculty with whom the applicant has worked clinically)
- Submission of a curriculum vitae and personal statement are required
- Must be prepared to do three years residency training in the categorical program
- Must be able to assume all responsibilities of training on the specified date of contract; all appointees must report for orientation during the last two weeks of June
- If candidates are not selected for an interview, they will not be contacted. This is due to the high volume of residency applications and we are unable to respond to every candidate
Our program conducts interviews on Fridays from October to January each year. The interview day includes time in Tyler and in Sulphur Springs. In Tyler, dinner with the residents is offered the night before the interview. The next morning consists of faculty and resident interviews and a tour of the University campus. Applicants are escorted to Sulphur Springs for lunch, faculty interviews and tours of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic – Sulphur Springs, and the Sulphur Springs community. If you chose to spend Friday night in Sulphur Springs, the hospital will provide that accommodation at a local hotel.
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